Corbyn: Britain should stay in EU ‘warts and all’ / Ex-UK premier makes ‘patriotic’ case against Brexit

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Series Details 14.04.16
Publication Date 14/04/2016
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Preview and reports of a speech by United Kingdom Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on the 14 April 2016. He made his first major input into the EU referendum campaign, arguing that the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union 'warts and all'.

He said 'Labour is convinced that a vote to remain is in the best interests of the people of this country ... 'You cannot build a better world unless you engage with the world, build allies and deliver change. The EU, warts and all, has proved itself to be a crucial international framework to do that'.

He emphasised the 'socialist case' for remaining in, saying the EU offerd workers' rights, as well as consumer and environmental protections.

He acknowledged he had been critical of the EU and its 'shortcomings' and argued that reform should be sought from within.

On 21 April 2016 during an event at the Centre for European Reform (CER), former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown set out a 'patriotic' case for Britain to remain in the EU, in his first intervention on the referendum.

Another Labour MP, Frank Field, said on the 26 April 2016 that Labour’s ‘metropolitan elite’ risked losing Eurosceptic supporters to Ukip by ignoring their views on Europe.

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